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Internet Addiction

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Internet Addiction is a very critical subject that is becoming more and more crucial to study and understand with the increase use of technology in our every day life. Many Psychologists declare that Internet Addiction is as real as drug and alcohol addiction.

But is there any difference between such addiction and other kinds of addiction? Do we enable Internet Addiction with our unlimited and increasing dependency on technology in our everyday life?

Many people’s work depend on the internet if it is not internet based. In addition, software developers for example sometimes need to work 15-18 hours a day to finish a critical part of the code. Is this considered addiction too? Aren’t major companies (ex: Microsoft, enabling such extensive use of computers and the internet?

Many of those “addicted” users are actually the ones helped further all the technologies that we use today. So is it really a bad thing to stay online for long hours at a time? or is it a good useful thing for improving the world and the technologies used.

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Michael Jackson and Anti-Gravity Shoes

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Micheal Jackson was not only the King of Pop. He also an inventor. He invented the anti-gravity shoes that were used to shoot “Smooth Criminal” video. These shoes give you the illusion of anti-gravity.

This patent is a very interesting one and unlike usual ones that usual serve a certain issue or problem, or used a product to attract customers. This patent was intended for pure entertainment and illusion in the video clip.

Many fans recreated the shoes trying o imitate Michael jackson’s invention with hundreds of videos posted showing them dancing with the shoes and imitating the anti-gravity move. In this case, there were no sues against anyone duplicating the work as infringing the patent. Which is also interesting since we always hear about settlements and cases for patent infringements.

If you are interested to read more about how this invention works, please press on the link below:

http://patent.kg/en/story/2009/06/30/602.html

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Patents and the ridiculous path it is taking

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Amazon, Apple, Paypal and Victoria’s secret have been sued for using the 1-click technology by Cordance corp claiming they own its ¬†patent[1]. Yet we also know that Amazon sued Apple and other companies for using the same technology declaring that

Patents is a very crucial system to give their creator of a certain technology the right to own it, but nowadays it feels like anything can be patented, whether it is worth it or not, and whether it is too simple of an idea to be patented or not.

In addition, many companies sue others for using patents they initial created or declared but never improved on the idea, worked on it or made it available for the public. Should’t there be some kind of limitation to patents? for example for forfeiting a patent if the initial owner of the patent does not work on his idea?

 

 

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[1] http://techland.time.com/2011/03/16/apple-paypal-amazon-sued-over-one-click-checkout-technology/

 

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Please Rob Me

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

In the Class, we were given an example of a website that gathers information from twitter posts about people outside of their homes and posts them to the website for everyone to see. The website is called “Please Rob Me”. The creators of this website declare that they have created it for awareness purposes. Should we respect their purpose and thank them for the awareness or should they be punished for publishing information about people without their permission? Or wait a minute! if someone tweets something that is accessible by anyone, can he declare later that it is private information?

Today many individuals share they current locations whether using phone GPS and services like “Latitude” from google, snapping pictures with their locations tagged to it, facebook updated, or tweets. There are many more ways they share such information. When someone creates a website like “Please Rob Me”, what is the propoer action to take?

Rules, regulations, rights, law, and morals are becoming more vague and mixed together every day. It is not easy to differentiate between what you are ought and not ought to do, what is legal and what is not, what are the rights of an individual and where it stops. So how can we improve this and help define it clearly? What is every individuals role in making our world a better and more secure place to live in?

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